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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Watchmaker Publishing (November 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603863923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603863926
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although written at the turn of the century its themes are still current. A joy to read. -- Manchester, England

From Poverty to Power is a concise and informative guide to the development of the human spirit. -- September 7, 1998 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Allen (1864–1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass produced since its publication in 1903. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors. Born in Leicester, England, into a working class family, Allen was the eldest of three brothers. His mother could neither read nor write while his father, William, was a factory knitter. In 1879, following a downturn in the textile trade of central England, Allen's father traveled alone to America to find work and establish a new home for the family. Within two days of arriving his father was pronounced dead at New York City Hospital, believed to be a case of robbery and murder. At age fifteen, with the family now facing economic disaster, Allen was forced to leave school and find work. For much of the 1890s, Allen worked as a private secretary and stationer in several British manufacturing firms. In 1893, Allen moved to London where he met Lily Louisa Oram who he then wed in 1895. In 1898, Allen found an occupation in which he could showcase his spiritual and social interests as a writer for the magazine The Herald of the Golden Age. At this time, Allen entered a creative period where he then published his first book of many books, From Poverty to Power (1901). In 1902, Allen began to publish his own spiritual magazine, The Light of Reason, later retitled The Epoch. In 1903, Allen published his third and most famous book As a Man Thinketh. Loosely based on the biblical proverb, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," the small work eventually became read around the world and brought Allen posthumous fame as one of the pioneering figures of modern inspirational thought. The book's minor audience allowed Allen to quit his secretarial work and pursue his writing and editing career. In 1903, the Allen family retired to the town of Ilfracombe where Allen would spend the rest of his life. Continuing to publish the Epoch, Allen produced more than one book per year until his death in 1912. There he wrote for nine years, producing 19 works. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gramma K on December 31, 2010
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I think this is probably as good as other James Allen books I have read, but the Kindle version is so difficult to read I keep getting lost--words are mysteriously divided in strange ways, some lines are strangely short, some begin with the comma that should have ended the previous line. New chapters begin in the middle of a page. It is so poorly organized it's just frustrating to try to read.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jack S. Reynolds on August 10, 2009
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I have read everything written by James Allen and there are NO bad books.

I think that our educational institutions should make this book mandatory reading for students.

Outstanding message
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne C. Biango on May 24, 2014
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"You may bring about that improved condition in your outward life which you desire if you will unswervingly resolve to improve your inner life". quote from the book. James Allen points out that the answers to life lie within us, not other people and not outward circumstances. His view line up with the Bible. Excellent read.
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By oscar on January 2, 2014
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I find this book to be very positive, true to life, inspirational and informative. The style of writing is intriguing. The theme is positive and realistic. i will definitely put it on my recommended list for reading
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By Nice Bug man on January 1, 2013
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One of the original pioneers in the self help and self actualization field, this book is an eye opener filled with profound insights. Very enjoyable and useful for today.
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More About the Author

James Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including THE PATH OF PROSPERITY, EIGHT PILLARS OF PROSPERITY and James Allen's BOOK OF MEDITATION FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

Allen's books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement.

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